Madhya Pradesh: 82-year-old praises for donating Rs 1 lakh to CM Relief Fund

BHOPAL: A retired 82-year-old school education department employee in the city of Vidisha has donated Rs1 lakh from her pension fund to the state government in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Like many others, octogenarian Salbha Uskar was also extremely concerned about the deadly virus and had been blocked since it was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week. As he read updates on the subject in the newspapers, he came across news about the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. He called Nodal Officer Vinay Prakash Singh, whose number was in the newspaper, and expressed his desire to donate some money.

Singh asked him to stay home and promised to send someone to his door to collect the donation. When his check reached him, he was also surprised. Unlike many others, he preferred to remain silent and did not want any media coverage for his initiative, an administrative official said. Local media learned of the matter through the administration, which praised their efforts.

“After seeing the current situation, I decided to extend my help. I urge people to honor the blockade and follow the war-torn government order, Uskar was heard saying in a video, which was shared by the public relations department.

Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also shared the video saying: “Maa Tujhe Salam. Salbha Uskar, an 82-year-old Vidisha woman, donated Rs1 lakh from her pension to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. This invaluable blessing from a mother has increased my confidence in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.